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Podcast interviews for everyday Christians trying to navigate normal everyday stuff that make up our wonderful (yet often horrible) existence. Listen-in as we (an appliance salesman and a business process analyst) interview Theologians about normal stuff - a Theology of, and for, us laymen (you know, our stuff like: work, leisure, hiking, sex, fighting, art, beer, music, self-image, doubt, the Gospel, depression, sales, baseball, the church, hippies, annoying neighbors, family, etc.). 

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

Podcast interviews for everyday Christians trying to navigate normal everyday stuff that make up our wonderful (yet often horrible) existence. Listen-in as we (an appliance salesman and a business process analyst) interview Theologians about normal stuff - a Theology of, and for, us laymen (you know, our stuff like: work, leisure, hiking, sex, fighting, art, beer, music, self-image, doubt, the Gospel, depression, sales, baseball, the church, hippies, annoying neighbors, family, etc.). 

    145. Aaron Renn: The Moral Minority

    145. Aaron Renn: The Moral Minority

    For years, when folks were taking stock of our cultural moment in regard to faith and such, it was a given that people would reference Charles Taylor. As of late, however, I've started noticing every book, article, and podcast I've digested is referencing Aaron Renn and his observations and analysis in connection with his book "Life in the Negative World: Confronting Challenges in an Anti-Christian Culture." With the help of this framework, join us as we discuss with Renn everything from the SBC, Doug Wilson, and Jordan Peterson to Taylor Swift, Disney, and short-term missions.

    • 58 min
    144. Scott Hatch: Cornelius Van Til's Christian Ethics of Telos

    144. Scott Hatch: Cornelius Van Til's Christian Ethics of Telos

    Join us as we sit down with Scott Hatch and discuss his new book "Van Til and the Foundation of Christian Ethics: A God-Centered Approach to Moral Philosophy." Unveiling the often-overlooked significance of Cornelius Van Til in the realm of Reformed ethics, this work draws light upon his unique moral philosophy. Grounded in the covenantal epistemology and metaphysics typically employed for apologetics, Van Til masterfully harmonized his insights with those of Geerhardus Vos’ biblical theology. In contrast to many ethicists who concentrate on formulating and applying principles, Van Til focused his attention on the Christian’s greatest good (summum bonum), which is God himself. His dedication to exploring the ethical implications of this divine starting point produced a standard of God-centeredness in moral philosophy that remains distinctive among Reformed thinkers, setting him apart even from his students, such as Greg Bahnsen, John Frame, and Meredith Kline, who have also contributed substantially to Reformed ethics. Amidst the rise of moral relativism in the mid-twentieth century, Van Til’s stance was steadfast. This book, which includes a new critical edition of Van Til’s Christian Theistic Ethics, reveals how, against the backdrop of this challenging era, he not only successfully defended Christian ethical foundations but also holistically integrated ethics with the rest of Christian theology, reinforcing its relevance and import.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    143. David Bahnsen: Bid "Dark Night of the Soul Christianity" Adieu

    143. David Bahnsen: Bid "Dark Night of the Soul Christianity" Adieu

    The Image-Bearing Piety of Being a Cog in the Wheel

    If you read one book this year let it be David Bahnsen’s “Full-Time: Work and the Meaning of Life.” Why? Well, you know there are three persons in one God, and you know that you are saved by grace alone through faith alone, you know you would do well to be a part of a local church, etc. (and you do well to know and consider these things), but is that extent of the Christian life? Is your telos in this life to just white-knuckle it until you swept away yonder by and by? Surely there must be something more to this life than mere prep for the afterlife. Work must be more than just a medium to evangelize and support missionaries… Yes, yes! Tis true! There is more! Rejoice in your telos, in the glorious blessing of work that has been given you! When we work, we reflect the image of God, we have an intuitive sense of firing on all cylinders, and all seems to be in order when we submit to the Lordship of Christ in this most fundamental of spheres (both pragmatically and spiritually). Do read the book – and listen-in as we chat with Bahnsen and catch a primer on what awaits you in these foundational and timely and God-honoring and joy-yielding pages. Pro Rege!

    • 47 min
    142. Stephen Eccher: Zwingli the Third-Wheel of the Reformers

    142. Stephen Eccher: Zwingli the Third-Wheel of the Reformers

    Today we are joined by Stephen Brett Eccher to discuss the firebrand of fidelity that is Ulrich Zwingli in connection with Eccher’s new book “Zwingli the Pastor: A Life in Conflict” from Lexham press.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    141. Ernst Conradie: AA Van Ruler asks was Jesus an "Emergency Measure"?

    141. Ernst Conradie: AA Van Ruler asks was Jesus an "Emergency Measure"?

    Was Jesus merely an “emergency measure”? Did Kuyper take the creation and culture far enough? Is the goal of life to “get saved” or is it to get saved unto the end that God intended all along? Do we overemphasize Jesus at the expense of the Trinity? All this, and more, is what the great Dutch Theologian AA Van Ruler causes us to consider. Join us as we sit down with Ernst Conradie and discuss Ernst’s project that saw a series of AA Van Ruler’s essays, called “This Earthly Life Matters," made available in English.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    140. David Fowler: Adam and Steve? Eating Caesar’s Apple

    140. David Fowler: Adam and Steve? Eating Caesar’s Apple

    This might be the most important interview we have ever done. We Christians have been so concerned with maintaining our "rights" and focusing on maintaining our (pitiful) "freedom" in society that we have abdicated the very glory and honor of King Jesus and have allowed His good decrees to be trampled. Rather than asserting the crown glory of Christ we have sought ease and comfort at the cost of far too much. In this interview we sit down with the great implicational thinker David Fowler of the "God, Law & Liberty" podcast and we are given a wake-up call. It is time to think through the utterly wicked and far-reaching implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s analysis in its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges where the state-demi-gods have redefined marriage. But, we also discuss our own wickedness in doing nothing and seeking ease and peace. By doing nothing we have become guilty of standing approvingly while the state audaciously plays God and assumes it is the arbiter of truth. Yet, as Fowler reminds us, the government doesn’t create truth - its job is to acknowledge truth. Marriage is, and has always been, between a man and a woman who exchange promises before man and God. The shocking reality is that every minister who signs a state marriage license bends their knee to the government's arbitrary definition of marriage and takes it on as their own. It is simply an evil we can not abide. The disastrous and far reaching implications of living in a post-Obergefellian world are daunting, yet, there is much that can and should (must!) be done. We are grateful for David Fowler in sounding the alarm on this great evil. After a damning diagnosis we are offered tangible steps to see true piety take shape not just in our prayer closets but in the halls of congress and every square inch of this world that belongs to our mighty King of Kings. Pro Rege!

    • 1 hr 22 min

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